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Sree Ambal and Lars Nordbruch with the Whitley A35 Workstation

A35 Welcomed in Malaysia

Customer Sree Ambal of KPJ Lablink Central, Kuala Lumpur is very pleased with her new Whitley Workstation. Here she explains how they have moved to the A35 from using jars and have significantly improved their results:

“The Whitley A35 Workstation is very user friendly, easy to use and is equipped with important features, eg the ability to monitor the level of oxygen in the chamber.

We can also record temperature level and oxygen level in the chamber. There is an alarm system that will alert the user if the oxygen level increases inside the chamber. The airlock system features a double door, which ensures the system is truly anaerobic before the user starts their work.

More importantly, there are tremendous changes in our results from when we used jars. Almost every day we are reporting anaerobic organisms now that we are using the A35. This workstation has made a real difference and we are now very confident in reporting anaerobic organisms.”

Sree is pictured here with DWS sales representative, Lars Nordbruch who visited with Dilip Gasper, our Malaysian distributor from Jenawi Saintifik Sdn. Bhd.

CHROMAZONA Automatic Colony Counter

BSMT Annual Scientific Conference

Don Whitley Scientific will be exhibiting at the British Society for Microbial Testing annual conference, held on 12th May at Public Health England in Colindale. 

The BSMT conference is aimed at senior biomedical and clinical scientists, other scientists and medical microbiologists. The meeting will feature talks on a wide range of relevant microbiology topics. The programme features UK and international speakers, who will deliver a range of talks on the day. Don Whitley Scientific will be there to exhibit at the event. Sales representatives will be on hand to discuss how our product range can benefit a range of microbiology applications.

The featured product on the Don Whitley Scientific exhibition stand will be the ChromaZona, an automated microbial identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) system, which provides faster results for busy laboratories. ChromaZona features automatic comparison with EUCAST MIC breakpoint values and provides fully traceable information for UKAS accreditation.

Also on the Don Whitley Scientific stand is the Whitley Interactive Product Presentation. This interactive display will give delegates the option to explore the full range of Whitley Workstations and access in-depth information on each product. Make sure to visit the Don Whitley Scientific exhibition stand if you are attending this event.

Why Choose a Whitley Workstation?

There are many reasons to choose a Whitley Workstation when it comes to Anaerobic, Hypoxic or Microaerophilic work. We can discuss these with you anytime, but we also have plenty of satisfied customers who have expressed why using a Whitley Workstation improves their working methods and results.

Over the years, customers have supplied us with many testimonials about their Don Whitley Scientific products. From these we can see that not only have Whitley Workstations become approved by fantastic researchers worldwide, but we can also help promote the amazing work that is done by our customers.

Dr Vaibhao Janbandhu at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCR) in Sydney, Australia uses a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in his work on finding new ways to stimulate heart regeneration during ageing and after heart attack. He uses his H35 Hypoxystation to isolate, culture and characterise adult cardiac stem cells. In Dr Janbandhu’s words the H35 is “an integral part of the project to advance the project aims”.

In this video testimonial, Jane Freeman at Leeds General Infirmary explains how her Whitley A95 Workstation improves the working methods in her Clostridium difficile research. Jane reports that she and her team are able to use the workstation for “several hours at a time in relative comfort” and that the workstation is able to house all the technical equipment her team requires. This allows “the whole experiment to be performed in optimum conditions without introducing air at all”. Jane explains that “reliability, versatility and space are the significant benefits of the workstations in our work on Clostridium difficile“.

The Institute of Cancer Research in London is one of the world’s most influential research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. At the Institute, George Poulogiannis uses a combination of Whitley i2 Instrument Workstation (with Seahorse XF Analyzer) and Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in his research into breast cancer. Hypoxia is a key factor in the “Hallmarks of Cancer” and this team are studying the role of hypoxia in cell invasion and metastasis, oncogene-induced senescence and resistance to current treatment options. The i2 and H35 replicate a physiologically relevant atmosphere for these studies, enabling consistent and reliable results. This combination of Workstations is also used by Dr Ayse Latif, who is researching gynaecological cancers at The University of Manchester.

Don Whitley Scientific would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers who have provided testimonials. If you would be interested in supplying a testimonial, please contact

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Clostridium difficile studies can be done in a Whitley Workstation

Whitley Workstation used in Clostridium difficile study

The Whitley A35 Workstation has recently been used by a group at Monash University in a study relating to toxins affected by Clostridium difficile.

This very interesting research paper, entitled “CdtR Regulates TcdA and TcdB Production in Clostridium difficile“, was written by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The results from the study “establish CdtR as an important virulence regulator in two clinically important, epidemic strains of C. difficile, and further highlights the need to investigate regulatory mechanisms of important virulence factors in diverse strain backgrounds.”  The paper proves for the first time that “TcdA and TcdB production is linked to the production of CDT by a common regulatory mechanism”.

Click here to read the full paper

Don Whitley Scientific in Spain

The Don Whitley Scientific demonstration truck is currently making its way through sunny Spain! Accompanied by our sales team, the truck is visiting various research and clinical institutes throughout the country to discuss how DWS equipment may enhance and benefit a range of scientific applications.

The demonstration vehicle is becoming an increasingly useful resource, enabling DWS to visit customers around the continent to demonstrate a wide range of equipment. The truck has previously been to Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria) as well as sites across the UK and is now visiting existing customers and distributors, as well as potential new customers, in Spain.

Last week saw the trip begin, with Joe Walton and Sally Shelton setting off from Portsmouth on a ferry to Bilbao. The first destination was Pamplona, where Joe and Sally met up with Sandra Berges from our Spanish distributor, Nirco, to visit existing and potential customers in the area. The truck provided Sally and Joe with the ability to demonstrate products and have an area to  discuss any potential sales with our customers. It also allows us to obtain customer feedback on how our equipment works in their lab, in this case a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation, which the customers were actually very happy with.

The next day involved a long seven and a half hour drive to Barcelona. Once in the capital, the team visited a hospital to see current customers who are using Whitley products in various research based applications. Next stop was the research building at another  hospital in the area where visitors to the truck displayed a clear interest in the Whitley Hypoxic Workstation.

The last day of this part of the road trip involved visiting some existing customers at a research centre in Barcelona, their research involves Treponema denticola and Tannerella fosythia, which need strict anaerobic conditions to grow. The researchers at this institution have been using Don Whitley Scientific equipment for 20 years and discussed replacing one of the older models they had with one from the more modern Whitley Workstation range.

We would like to say a big thanks to Sandra from Nirco as the trip was a very worthwhile experience.



A crucial update for Dr Rob Fagan at The University of Sheffield

Rob Fagan’s lab recently welcomed a new addition in the form of a Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation. Located at The University Of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Rob Fagan’s group study the interaction between Clostridium difficile and its host. Until recently, the group were monitoring their samples within a Whitley MG500 Workstation. They will continue to use this older unit but have now acquired the much more sophisticated A35 Workstation to use alongside it. The amount of atmospheric control that the A35 offers is greatly beneficial to work of this type, and real time feedback on the conditions within the cabinet makes monitoring results far more accurate. The rapid airlock system also makes the removal and addition of samples an efficient process, all whilst maintaining stable atmospheric conditions.

“Our work focusses on the secretion, assembly, structure and function of Clostridium difficile surface structures – in particular the S-layer. The A35 is an addition to our existing anaerobic work space. We started the lab 3 years ago with a recommissioned MG500. The A35 is a much more advanced piece of kit, allowing much greater control and monitoring of our anaerobic growth conditions. For some of our work this capability is absolutely crucial.”Dr Robert Fagan, The University Of Sheffield

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Don Whitley Scientific visit Arab Health 2016

Don Whitley Scientific recently exhibited at a major conference in Dubai. Arab Health is one of the biggest exhibitions for the healthcare industry in the middle east. Located in the MedLab section of the exhibition, Don Whitley Scientific were displaying the Whitley Jar Gassing System and A35 Anaerobic Workstation. Both of these products are examples of the innovation Don Whitley Scientific has provided to the field of microbiology. Don Whitley Scientific representatives Steve Robertson and Joe Walton were on hand to explain and demonstrate these products to the exhibition delegates.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance officially inaugurated the 41st Arab Health Exihibition. The event runs for four days and attracts some of the biggest names from the healthcare industry as they bid to attract potential customers and distributors. A full programme of conferences featuring fantastic speakers was also arranged for the four day event. It also continues to be a popular spot for UK companies, with over 200 UK companies exhibiting within the UK pavilion.

The A35 Whitley Workstation, on the Don Whitley Scientific stand at Medlab, is the industry leading workstation, designed to create an anaerobic environment in which to culture, incubate and monitor samples. The workstation features the unique Instant Access Porthole system, which makes regular entering and exiting of the workstation far more convenient than traditional sleeved access.


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Don Whitley Scientific attend IBMS

Don Whitley Scientific once again attended the Institute of Biomedical Science’s bi-annual conference, exhibiting products including the WASPLab, manufactured by Copan Italia SPA. Held at the ICC in Birmingham, the IBMS Congress is perhaps the most important meeting for the clinical audience. Standing alongside companies such as Leica, Olympus and CellPath, Don Whitley Scientific attended IBMS to promote equipment and services specifically designed for the clinical field.

Representatives from Copan joined Don Whitley Scientific on the exhibition stand, with whom they work with to distribute, install and integrate products in the UK. WASPLab is a robotic machine that could lead to huge advances in microbiology. WASPLab, which stands for Walk Away Specimen Processor Lab, moves samples from front end processing to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital microbiology, and visitors to the stand at IBMS could get up close and see these processes in action.




Featured on the Don Whitley Scientific stand was a Whitley A35 Workstation as well as a ProtoCOL 3 colony counter and zone measurer.  The Whitley A35 Workstation drew lots of attention from passers by. An important element of clinical lab work is the ability to incubate samples quickly and efficiently. With the patented Instant Access Porthole and rapid airlock system on the A35 providing a fantastic solution for this, people were very impressed. The ProtoCOL 3 was being shown with the mASTer software. This software makes it easier to assess how resistant or susceptible bacteria are to antibiotics. The system also measures the sample alongside breakpoint values in the EUCAST database.




Nicola Millican, a biomedical scientist from Leeds General Infirmary also attended the IBMS as a guest of Don Whitley Scientific. Nicola gave a New Technology Showcase presentation explaining how Leeds put together a successful business case for the purchase of WASPLab for the microbiology department at the LGI.

An exciting competition prize was also a popular attraction to the stand as the chance to win “Bob” the Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot was on offer to the winner of the trivia question. The question focused on the fact that Don Whitley Scientific designs and manufactures products in house and is a company that is “engineering your future in microbiology”. Bob epitomised this ethos as he was made out of Meccano, a model construction system also made by a proud British company with an innovator at its helm, Frank Hornby. The winner of Bob is Lorraine Clark, from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxfordshire.




The IBMS congress was once again a fantastic success for Don Whitley Scientific – it was an important event for showing our products to people working in biomedical science and a great opportunity to exhibit WASPLab once again.

New Poster from Liverpool University

Researchers from the University of Liverpool (Department of Infection Biology, Institute of Infection & Global Health and School of Veterinary Science), have produced a poster entitled “Understanding the aetiology and infection reservoirs of digital dermatitis in beef cattle and sheep”.

As part of their work, they cultured treponemes in a Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation.

Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation

Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation


Digital dermatitis (DD) is an infectious hoof disease causing severe lameness in ruminants worldwide. The primary cause has been identified as the spirochaetal bacteria, treponemes. A comprehensive bacterial molecular survey of sheep contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) lesions has not been done to determine if there is a shared etiopathogenesis between BDD and CODD. Also, there have been only anecdotal reports of BDD lesions occurring in beef cattle, with no definitive published data on the disease.  Additionally, little is known about the transmission of Treponema bacteria. It may be possible that DD treponemes are carried in both cattle and sheep gastrointestinal (GI) tracts and then shed in faeces and spread. Another route of transmission may be via farm equipment.

This study investigated ruminant GI tissues and farm equipment for the presence of DD treponemes. Additionally, sheep and beef DD lesions were analysed for the presence of DD treponemes by PCR and culture techniques.

The full poster can be viewed  here.

Scientist working in Anaerobic Workstation

Botulism Cases Rise

Scottish media has recently reported an increase in the number of diagnosed cases of botulism. Caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, this condition attacks the nervous system, can cause paralysis, and may be fatal if left untreated. There are three types of botulism: food-borne, wound and infant. Diagnosis is achieved by conducting tests on samples of blood, faeces, stomach contents or food to detect the bacteria or toxins.

Having to send samples off to an external laboratory for analysis can mean delaying diagnosis and by extension, treatment, for longer than necessary. Hospitals which are equipped to perform these tests in-house will have a much greater chance of containing and treating this illness effectively.

Anaerobic jars can be restrictive when processing a large number of samples, whereas an anaerobic workstation provides a sustainable environment where parameters can be altered to create the required conditions.

The Whitley A35 Anaerobic Workstation can accommodate up to 600 x 90mm Petri dishes and like our other anaerobic chambers, it provides excellent conditions for the processing, incubation and examination of samples without exposure to atmospheric oxygen.

For more information please contact us.